The term climate crisis is increasingly replacing the term climate change – a shift that makes the magnitude of the future challenge even clearer. This challenge can only be met if science, society, politics and business pull together. And so, following the historical efforts of Theodore Roosevelt’s “New Deal” policy to overcome the Great Depression in the 1930s, the international panelists will assess central questions such as: How can a Green New Deal succeed? How may science, society, politics and, especially, a globalised business world find ways out of the global climate crisis?
Kumsal Bayazit was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier in February 2019. She has held multiple positions with RELX Group since 2004, most recently as Regional President Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reed Exhibitions. Before joining Reed Exhibitions in 2016, Kumsal was RELX Group’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for driving strategic initiatives, technology strategy and portfolio management. Prior to that she served in several operational and strategic roles with LexisNexis. Kumsal also chairs the Technology Forum at RELX Group and is a non-executive director at LSL Property Services plc. Prior to joining RELX Group in 2004, Kumsal spent several years at Bain & Company in their New York, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Sydney offices. Kumsal earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with honors.
Science Foundation Ireland and Government of Ireland
Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012. Professor Ferguson is Chair of the European Commission Pilot Advisory Board for the European Innovation Council, a member of the Governing Boards of the Global Research Council and of the European Commission Joint Research Centre and is a founding member of the Small Advanced Economies Initiative. He served on the EU High Level Group on the impact of H2020 and chaired international committees reviewing the Research and Innovation systems of Denmark, Hungary and Canada. Recently Mark has served in Ireland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g., as a member of NPHET (the National Public Health Emergency Team). Previously, a Professor and Dean of Biological Sciences at The University of Manchester (since 1984), he was co-founder and CEO of Renovo Group Plc. (1998 – 2011). Professor Ferguson is the recipient of numerous international research prizes and awards, including the 2002 European Science Prize (jointly), author of 329 papers and book chapters, 61 patent families, author/editor of eight books, supervised 77 PhD students and has been awarded over £70 million in competitive research grants and approximately £100 million in start-up company equity funding. He has contributed to a number of scientific films, documentaries, TV and radio programmes and held offices in 16 international scientific societies, including President of the European Tissue Repair Society. He has wide ranging research interests in cellular and molecular mechanisms in scarring and wound healing, developmental mechanisms in normal and cleft palate formation, alligator and crocodile biology including temperature dependent sex determination.
Professor Ferguson graduated from Queens University of Belfast with degrees in Dentistry (BDS 1st class honours), Anatomy and Embryology (BSc 1st class honours, PhD) and Medical Sciences (DMedSc), and holds Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland (FFD), and Edinburgh (FDS) and is a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). He is a member or Fellow of a number of learned Societies and was made a “Commander of the British Empire” (CBE) by the Queen in 1999 for services to Health and Life Sciences.
After graduation in Aeronautical and Aerospace Technology, Dieter Wegener worked as scientist at DLR (German Aerospace Center). After four years as consultant for McKinsey he joined SIEMENS in 1996 as Head of Gasturbine Engineering at “Power Generation”. During his career within SIEMENS he had different responsibilities: personal Assistant for an Executive Board Member, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Business Division “Industry Solutions” and VP & Head of R&D-Organization “Advanced Technologies & Standards (ATS)” for Industry Sector. Since 2016 Dieter Wegener is VP & Head of External Cooperation at SIEMENS Technology.
SAP Labs Berlin
Dr. Martin Heinig is the Head of New Ventures & Technologies at SAP and Managing Director of SAP Labs Berlin. As Head of New Ventures & Technologies, a global unit within SAP’s Technology & Innovation Board area, Martin and his team drive SAP’s organic growth by exploring next-generation software, pioneering impactful technologies and new market opportunities, and driving industry-specific innovation. All with the goal of future-proofing SAP and helping SAP customers become an Intelligent Enterprise. In his role as Managing Director, Martin positions SAP as an innovation driver and thought leader in the strategically important region of greater Berlin by fostering closer collaboration with universities, public institutions, media, startups and other innovation centers. Developing and sourcing talent from the region is also part of the charter. Martin joined SAP in early 2014 as Head of Strategy & Operations of the Innovation Center Potsdam and later the SAP Innovation Center Network (ICN). Since then, he has held various leadership positions, including Head of Strategy & Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the ICN, Leonardo & Analytics, and most recently of the T&I Board area. Prior to joining SAP in 2014, Martin worked as a software engineer and was a research assistant at the Technical University of Hamburg. Martin received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences with a focus on assembly planning with virtual and augmented reality. Martin lives in Berlin, enjoys running, playing soccer, traveling and programming. He speaks German, English and Turkish fluently.
federal ministry of education and research (BMBF)
Andrea Noske was appointed Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in September 2015. Her main responsibilities include project funding as well as science and technology policy in relation to a bio-based economy. She had previously completed a four-year post as Head of the Science and Technology section at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Andrea Noske started her career at Forschungszentrum Jülich as a Desk Officer at Project Management Jülich. In 1991, she joined the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in its “Laser Research and Technology” division. In 1996, she was appointed Desk Officer for Scientific Cooperation with Israel in the division “Bilateral Cooperation with Western Europe, Mediterranean Countries and Africa”. In 1998, she served as Deputy Personal Assistant to Federal Minister Jürgen Rüttgers. In the following year, she assumed the position of Director for Infrastructure Management and Academic Personnel at Jacobs University in Bremen during its period of founding, staying there until the end of 2003.
After returning to the BMBF, she organized the „Year of Science 2005“. From 2006 to January 2010, she was Head of Division “Cabinet; Parliament” followed by Head of Division “Basic Policy Issues; Internationalization Strategy”. At that time she was also Head of the German Delegation at the OECD Science and Technology Policy Committee and also at the OECD Education Policy Committee.
Andrea Noske holds an MSc degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) in Metallurgical Sciences from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
Ed Gerstner is the Director of Journal Policy & Strategy at Springer Nature. He is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and strategy across the entire Springer Nature journal portfolio. He is also the chair of Springer Nature’s Grand Challenges Steering Group, whose task is to coordinate and enhance the company’s support of research and researchers who are seeking solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has a PhD in Physics from the University of Sydney and several years’ postdoctoral research experience at the universities of Cambridge, Sydney, and Surrey. He has been an editor with Nature Research for over sixteen years, with stints at Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Physics, and Nature Communications. In 2012, he helped found Nature’s first mainland China office in Shanghai where he built a team of editors from across the Nature family to live and work in China. During his subsequent 6 years in China, he travelled across Asia to learn everything he could about the research going on in the region, teaching scientists how to improve the impact of their research through greater openness and transparency, and helping to publish their research in the world’s best journals. He’s spoken at close to one hundred universities and research institutes around the world — including two-thirds of the provinces of mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Malaysia — to a cumulative audience of over ten thousand researchers. In his current role, he’s working to develop new ways to help researchers in sustainability and related fields of research to better communicate with each other, policymakers, and the public. He’s responsible for driving the development of editorial and publishing policies that ensure that the scholarship that Springer Nature publishes meets the highest levels of ethics, rigour and integrity.